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July 1, 2020

Experts' Experts: Old tires can be deadly


Long story short: it's not just the wear that matters: rubber degrades over time regardless of use or exposure.

Ever notice that an old rubber band is stiff and breaks easily?

nuf sed.

But I digress.

Car makers recommend new tires after 6 years; tire manufacturers say 10.

There are two things that will โ€” out of the blue, without any other vehicle being involved โ€” kill you while driving: tire failure and brake failure.

But you say, "How do I know how old my tires are?"

Well, that's why you pay me the big $, isn't it?

For tires made after 2000, the last four numbers after DOT on your tires' sidewalls tell you when they were made: the first two digits are the month and the last two are the year (top).

Fair warning.

July 1, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


Tire failure is survivable if you're a really good driver and alert.
Brake failure is survivable if you're a really good driver and there's a little wiggle room.
Either of those and a host of other threats can not be survived if you're playing with your phone.

Posted by: xoxoxoBruce | Jul 1, 2020 11:01:06 PM

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